Professionally, I dedicate a lot of my time to trying to understand the trials and barriers which are faced by my students. I understand the systemic difficulties which can place students at a disadvantage and strive to identify cost- and resource-effective means of providing help and aid to those who need it the most. I also have working experience; having volunteered for a number of years at an acute mental health ward in Oxfordshire, where i prepared service users for entering back into society - we made sure that they were not set up to fail.
Some of my most interesting research in this area has come from understanding our connection with nature. Here, we have looked at associations between nature connectedness and forensic personality traits, such as psychopathy (Fido & Richardson, 2018), emotion regulation Fido et al., 2020), and narcissism (Fido, Rees, et al., 2020). More recently, I have also been working with overseas partners to investigate Japanese concepts such as Ikigai (having a reason for living) (Fido, Kotera, & Asano, 2019) and Forest bathing (emerging yourself in nature) (Kotera & Fido, 2020) as means of improving ones' own mental wellbeing. Here, we have identified simple and quick daily tasks which can increase your sense of well-being - extremely important due to the prevalence of poor mental wellbeing in Japan.
Mental wellbeing is of great importance to me - if you are feeling low or anxious, or just need to talk to somebody about your feelings, please contact your general practitioner who is an ideal first port of call.